But from the start, my client struggled with the speed. So I suggested that he slow the whole thing down to ballad speed. I told him to go study the notorious Joshua Rivkin recording of Scott Joplin tunes, which is famously slow in a conscious effort to emphasize the melodies.
While the melodies are uniformly gorgeous, the modulating transitions between the parts are an expression of creative genius.
My client agreed to my suggestion. For then on, we focused on the metaphor of slowing it all down enough so both of us could plainly hear the individual notes piling on top of one another to form melodies.
The completed CD quickly sold out its first edition. I don't know if the pianist did a second edition. I just searched itunes for it, but was unable to find it.
One other thing worth mentioning. I recall a few years back, there was a long thread here, a discussion of how ragtime had been clearly influenced by hornpipe melodies. For just two examples, if you listen to Garfield's Hornpipe and Minny Foster's Hornpipe, you are going to hear lots of lines used 20 or 30 years later by Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake.